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Video: How to health check the anatomy of your legal matters

By Rob MacAdam With clients expecting more efficiency, transparency and value from their lawyers, it’s time for law firms to re-engineer their legal service delivery into real competitive advantage. In this video, Rob MacAdam, Director of Legal Solutions, identifies six elements that make up the anatomy of a legal matter, and discusses what improvements can be […]

Updates on proportionality of costs in court proceedings

By Gwendoline Davies, Claire Acklam Anyone involved in the conduct of litigation will be aware that the ‘overriding objective’, at rule 1.1 (1) of the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR), requires cases to be dealt with “justly and at proportionate cost”. Unfortunately, the question of what is proportionate continues to cause confusion and dispute.  In this latest […]

Women on Boards – As they progress, businesses thrive

By Susana Almeida Lopes Women represent 50% of the working population and are as much or more educated and qualified as men are. However, the problem of gender diversity (or lack of it), especially in top positions in organisations, is a persistent societal problem, and there are (many) studies that, if concrete measures are not taken, […]

Franchise resales – should franchisors be involved?

By Emma Lusty It is a common misconception that a franchise network with a high level of resales is a bad sign. In fact, a healthy resale market is a good sign. It means that franchisees are able to build up profitable businesses which can be sold to recover a return on their initial investment and […]

New EU directive – How will it affect family-related leave in Hungary?

By Daniel Gera, Dorottya Gindl Gender equality may be a core EU principle, but it will not become a reality without effective legal action. To meet the EU objective of reaching a 75% employment rate for both men and women by 2020, the European Commission aims to change the existing legal framework. Thus, the European […]

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KPMG targets associates for business development drive

Accounting giant KPMG is targeting law firm associates as part of its latest business development drive ahead of an expected boom in restructuring work. KPMG’s restructuring group is teaming up with the firm’s busiest unit, the forensic accounting team, to invite associates to its first-ever associates’ networking night at Tower Bridge next Thursday night (20 […]

Bakers hires former BAe counsel as COO

Baker & McKenzie has hired former British Aerospace counsel Chris Pierce-Cooke as global chief operating officer (COO), based in Chicago. Pierce-Cooke, who began his career with CMS Cameron McKenna in London, has spent the past seven years as worldwide managing director of organisational consulting services at Philadelphia-based consulting group Right Management. His career also includes […]

Weil Gotshal expands in Asia with Hong Kong launch

Weil Gotshal & Manges will open its ninth international office by launching a Hong Kong offering next month, the firm announced last night. Weil also announced that it would be applying for a Beijing license in the near future, which, if successful will be the firm’s third Asian office. The transatlantic firm will parachute over […]

Conveyancing and PI most negligent practice areas

Property and personal injury (PI) work spawned the highest number of negligence claims against solicitors in the first three quarters of 2007, according to professional indemnity insurance broker Lockton Professions. Just under a third of claims (29 per cent) related to domestic property, with 13.4 per cent stemming from PI advice. At the opposite end […]

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